By Mitch Howard
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
South London did everything it could to stop its game with Leslie County from getting out of hand Wednesday. They sent most players, even their best hitters, to the plate with a bunt sign. They told runners to leave base early to get an out. Still South London rolled to a 20-0 win in four innings against overmatched Leslie County.
South London pitchers Kenzie Jervis and Makenzie Powenski did not allow a base runner. Only three of the 12 Leslie County batters were able to put a ball in play.
South London sent 16 batters to the plate in the first inning and scored 13 runs. Seven of the nine hits in the inning came on bunts. Tori Byrd, Leslie Dixon, and Kenzie Jervis each had two bunt hits in the first inning. They also combined for six runs and five RBI in the first inning. Tori North had two singles and a pair of RBI in the first inning.
Byrd added a third bunt hit in the second inning as South London tacked on eight more runs. South London didn’t get as many hits in the second inning as Leslie County struggled to throw strikes with five walks leading to four of the runs. Again South London ended the inning by telling a runner to leave early and get called out.
They did not attempt to add to the lead in the third inning.
South London was scheduled to face Clay County Thursday night in the semifinals of the loser’s bracket. The winner of that game will face the loser of the Corbin-North Laurel game with a spot in the championship game at stake.
South London 16, Tri-City 5
South London took another step toward working its way out of the loser’s bracket with a 16-5 win over Tri-City Monday. Although Tri-City did its best to stay in the game early, the South London bats broke loose with a six-run, seven-hit fourth inning.
South London scored every inning beginning with a lone run in the first inning. Tori Byrd reached on a bunt single and after two steals scored on a Leslie Dixon single. Tri-City took its only lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run single by Hannah Johnson. It would be their only lead.
Kylie McClain walked to open the second inning. Tori North laid down a bunt that was misplayed, allowing McClain to score. Kenlee Rogers also reached on a bunt to set the stage for Makenzie Powenski. Powenski drove the first pitch down the right field line for an inside-the-park home run and a 5-2 South London lead.
Kenzie Jervis led off the third inning with a single and would later score on a wild pitch. Tri-City didn’t get a hit in the third inning, but a pair of walks would lead to a run as Tri-City pulled within 6-3.
Rogers walked to open the fourth inning. The next six South London hitters delivered hits. Powenski smashed a double that one-hopped the fence. Kenzie Jervis, Gracie Jervis, and Powenski each had RBI singled in the inning. Leslie Dixon drove in a pair of runs with a single.
South London almost ended the game early with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Dixon ripped a double and scored on a single by Kenzie Jervis. A grounder by McClain scored Kenzie Jervis for a 14-3 lead.
South London wasn’t able to hold with three walks and a hit batter leading to three runs for Tri-City in the bottom of the fifth.
Tri-City pitched around Powenski in the sixth with a leadoff walk. Byrd’s pop up in the infield was dropped. Both runners later scored on wild pitches.
Tri-City would go quietly in its final at bat with Powenski striking out the side.